Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier; Wheaten Terrier; Wheaten; Wheatie
In old Ireland, the nobility kept hounds for hunting, while the common folk kept terriers for all-purpose farm dogs that could both guard and hunt. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was one of those breeds, and it's often regarded as one of the most devoted. This energetic terrier demands companionship, and it's unlikely to do well with owners who have to leave them alone in an empty house or yard for long hours a day. They do love to play. The ideal owner is active and athletic, with plenty of time to spend with the dog.
Appearance / health:
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a sturdy medium sized dog with a rectangular profile. The head is rectangular, and is somewhat long with a strong muzzle. The eyes are almond shaped and reddish or reddish brown in color. The ears are V-shaped and fold forward. The tail is carried high and is generally docked.
The coarse rough coat also picks up leaves, dirt, twigs, and debris that need to be removed. Brushing can make the soft coat fuzzy and destroy their tousled look. Combing with a medium or large toothed comb frees the tangles, removes the dead hairs, and maintains the tousled look. Scissoring the hairs once in 3-4 months maintains the right length of the coat. Bathing and shampooing occasionally keeps them clean and tidy. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.
Wheaten Terriers need moderate exercise. They make good jogging companions. They can be taken for a regular walk once or twice a day. Agility and obedience classes provide a good outlet for Wheatens to vent their energy and prevent boredom.
Wheaten Terriers are prone to progressive retinal atrophy (a genetic disease that causes progressive loss of vision culminating in blindness), colitis (inflammation of colon), hip dysplasia (a hereditary disease that culminates in crippling lameness and arthritis of joints), kidney diseases, and allergic skin problems.
Behavior / temperament:
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are independent, self-willed and stubborn but intensely responsive to owner. They are very playful and cheerful. They constantly need human company and hate being left alone. They are mentally and physically very active and need to be kept busy to prevent boredom. They have a protective instinct and tend to be suspicious of people or other animals. Being a terrier they are good at digging and may escape from down under the fence.
Wheaten Terriers are intelligent and are easy to train. However, they are self-willed and may be stubborn at times and refuse to obey commands. Training needs to be firm and consistent. They have a strong sense of dignity and do not respond to harsh treatment.
Wheatens seldom bark without a reason. They have a high-pitched bark. They bark excessively if not provided with ways and means to vent their energy.
busy dog, great apartment dogs, family pet, happiest dog, affection, loving breed
short attention span, CONSTANT grooming, knot genie
energetic, golden wheat colour
The Sweetest Dog
Molly is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. We have never had any problems with her at all. She is very laid-back, loving and obedient. The only time she barks is when she hears things outside or when someone is at the door. She has never bitten anyone or shown aggression. All she does is give affection! Around two years ago, we brought a puppy (Cairn terrier female) home and since then they have been inseparable. Molly acts as her mother and takes care of her. There haven't been any problems between them. They get along perfectly. I would highly recommend a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. The only issue is that they can develop arthritis and hip problems as they age but they are great family dogs. Everyone I know who has a Wheaten has been very happy with them. As with any dog, do the research and know all of the facts before you buy or adopt..
From MustLoveDogz Jun 27 2015 9:56AM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 132 days ago
A great breed for people allergic to dog hair
A Hypoallergenic breed, the soft coated wheaten terrier is a great breed for anyone that is allergic to dog hair. The breed is medium in size and does have to be groomed regularly.
In my experience with a wheaten terrier, they make incredibly effective guard dogs - he would bark constantly. He would bark at runners, walkers, the mailman, the garbage truck. If you cannot stand barking, I would avoid this breed. They are of the terrier ilk and they certainly possess many of the terrier traits - possessiveness, anxiety, etc...He has always been very protective of the female members of the family.
The wheaten terrier is a great family pet. He was always amazing with three children who were young when he arrived.
I would recommend the breed for someone who is searching for a dog that doesn't shed, an effective guard dog, and a good family dog.
I would not recommend the breed for someone who is not a fan of barking, or a dog that is very protective of its owners. Protectiveness can be a great trait, but sometimes it can go too far..
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